As the elections to the European Parliament have been approaching, more and more social media users comment on them. Conversations cover a wide range of topics related to EU affairs, but which are the ones that have been most popular, in particular this final week? And who are the most influential people engaging in social media conversations?
Data generated by Traackr allowed us to identify the most trendy topics around the EP elections, monitoring the social media during the month of May. The results show EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, trade and in particular the TTIP and energy are the topics which were menioned most in the conversations. TTIP negotiations and energy were widely discussed topics as of 19th May, coinciding with the final phase of the electoral campaign. References to EU relations with Russia and Ukraine mounted as the events unfolded.
Regarding the top most influential social media users, they are the following according to Traackr:
The EPP candidate seems to be just beating his opponent Martin Schultz by just two influencers. Interestingly enough that seems to be about the same margin by which his political group might win the elections.
The PES candidate has had a successful social media campaign behind him. Initially trailing Juncker his social media following caught up over the last weeks leading up to the elections.
The UKIP leader has been very active on social media in the run up to the elections. This coincides with his standing in the polls where he is expected to do well when the results are made public on Sunday.
The Brit based in Berlin and an online campaigner has been a part of the EU related social media conversation since well before the campaign. His numerous events and regular replies to questions on twitter have kept him in the top ranking of our influencer list during the election campaign.
The satirical blog has been a staple feature of the EU bubble for as long as anyone can remember. The witty insights provided by this blog are very popular amongst those talking about the EU and the elections. Having been an inspiration for Juncker’s TV advertisement shows just how far his influence goes.